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Treatment of cervical spinal disc herniation with discectomy and intervertebral disc prosthesis (program ID: 397331)

Hospital Neuwerk Moenchengladbach

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Specialized hospital
Andreas Bitter

Head Physician
Dr. med.

Andreas Bitter

Specialized in: spinal surgery

Department of Spinal Surgery

The Department of Spinal Surgery annually treats more than 960 patients with cervical spinal disc herniation. The specialists remove the affected disc with endoscopic equipment and replace it with prosthesis. The surgery involves the use of a three-dimensional O-Arm x-ray system, which provides a complete protection for the spinal cord. The department is headed by Dr. med. A Bitter, who specializes in microsurgical spinal interventions.

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • review of medical records
  • physical examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • general urine analysis
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • inflammation indicators (CRP, ESR)
    • indicators blood coagulation
  • neurological examination
  • functionality x-ray of the spine
  • CT/MRI scan of the spine
  • neuropsychological tests (on indications):
    • ENMG (electroneuromyography)
    • SEPs (somatosensory evoked potentials)
  • preoperative care
  • discotomy and joint replacement of intervertebral disc
  • postoperative control
  • symptomatic treatment
  • control examinations
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation
  • developing of further guidance 

 

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About the department

The Department of Spinal Surgery at the Hospital Neuwerk Moenchengladbach offers both conservative and surgical treatment of all back pain syndromes, which can be caused by disc herniation or protrusion, inflammatory changes, osteoporosis, tumors, etc. The department specializes in the particularly sparing treatment with minimally invasive surgical techniques. It uses all modern technologies and tools, including the O-Arm surgical imaging system. The Chief Physician of the department is Dr. med. Andreas Bitter.

The specialists of the department are first-class experts in the conservative treatment of back diseases. In the majority of patients, the spinal pain syndrome can be successfully treated with conservative methods. The key to the success of conservative treatment is the effective combination of drug therapy, special thermotherapy and therapeutic exercises.

When the patient requires surgical treatment is required, the department offers the very latest medical technologies, which ensure an optimal result and the best possible safety for the patient. The department is also equipped with state-of-the-art mobile tomograph, the so-called O-Arm. This system is used to treat patients with implants. When performing surgery, the position of the surgical instruments and the implant is imagined on the realtime X-ray. Thanks to this, the position of the implant can be determined as accurately as possible and spinal cord can be additionally protected as well.

Thanks to the intensive, interdisciplinary cooperation with the Departments of Orthopedics,Traumatology, Interventional Pain Therapy and Intensive Care Unit within the framework of the Center for Musculoskeletal Care, as well as the Savita Center for Health and Movement, the patients of the department receive the best treatment. It goes without saying that the treatment is provided in accordance with the current standards of the professional medical societies.

The diagnostic and therapeutic range of the department:

  • Disc protrusions and herniated discs
  • Inflammatory changes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Tumors
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative changes in the vertebrae and intervertebral discs
  • Dislocated vertebrae
  • Vertebral fractures
  • Spinal curvature (scoliosis)
  • Other spinal diseases

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